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Building Trades Helps Flood Victims

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28 2013

BUILDING TRADES OF ALBERTA

USING OUR SKILLS TO RESTORE AND REBUILD IN CALGARY AND SOUTHERN ALBERTA

Edmonton, AB – Like all Albertan’s, the 75,000 members of the Building Trades of Alberta are devastated to see the destruction brought by the floods in Southern Alberta. Our hearts go out to the families and all of those who’ve been affected.

Our members have the skills that are needed to get Calgary and Southern Alberta moving again – and to get people back in their homes. We will put those skills to good use.

We’re coordinating with the City of Calgary and the Premier's Office to ensure our volunteers get to the places where help is needed most. Our electricians, plumbers, carpenters and other vital trades are volunteering their time to help families secure their homes and our members are pledging to ensure businesses will get up and running again. We are already effectively working on the ground with our member volunteers on the difficult cleanup efforts in progress. Ken Jones, President of the Southern Alberta Building Trades Council stated, “It’s hard to comprehend the devastation until you see it in person and understand the impact it has had on people’s lives.”

Warren Fraleigh is Executive Director of Building Trades of Alberta: “I’m proud of the initiatives that our members have taken in fanning out across Calgary as teams of volunteers this week. And I’m pleased that we were able to offer people in southern Alberta immediate assistance with money donated by our Provincial and International Unions last weekend.”

The Building Trades of Alberta has made a $285,000 donation to the Red Cross Alberta Flood Relief efforts.

We’ve committed to responding to this disaster in every way we can. And we’re equally committed to stand by our fellow Albertans over the long haul in rebuilding. Premier Alison Redford has said that it might take 10 years. Building Trades of Alberta members will be there every step of the way, with our trade promise of safety, quality and value.

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Posted: Jun/24, 2013

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